On November 19th, 1863, approximately 158 years ago, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. It was short and very powerful. I'll quote it in full. Passages in bold, underlined text are particularly relevant for us today.
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Today, with the inauguration of President Biden, we are perilously close to the death of our Republic. He was not elected to his office - it was stolen for him by massive, incontrovertible electoral fraud. All those pontificating that no such fraud took place, or that it's never been proved, or anything along those lines, are accessories to that electoral fraud, and are as guilty of it as the main perpetrators.
President Biden's administration will not be "government of the people, by the people, for the people". It will be government by special interests, by the "Deep State", by the oligarchs of American society. It will be inherently, endemically corrupt and partisan. It will disregard the wishes and true interests of the American people in favor of those who engineered its accession to power, and who support it. If they happen to be enemies of all that America stands for, that won't matter.
This is not a day to celebrate. This is a day to mourn.
Then, when we have done mourning, it's time to accept the reality of our situation, and fight back.
The powers that be are determined that there will never again be a free and fair election in this country. They are determined that we will be subjects, not citizens, and jump whenever and wherever they say "Frog!" It's for us to show them that we will not submit, and will not obey, and will fight their corruption and fraud whenever and wherever possible. I've already discussed some ways to do that. Other bloggers have their own ideas. Here's one such discussion.
We have lost a battle. We have not lost the war. That will only happen if we give up - and I'm not giving up. Re-reading President Lincoln's prescient words, it's for us to bring "a new birth of freedom" to this land. It's for us to ensure that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth".
Let us make sure that our ancestors, for whom the Gettysburg Address was written and to whom it was delivered, do not have cause to be ashamed of our efforts.